26 September 2023

Household battery scheme goes flat

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The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s (EPSDD) rebate program for household battery storage systems is to close, having reached its target of 5,000 batteries in Canberra homes and businesses.

Celebrating the success of EPSDD’s Next Generation Energy Storage (Next Gen) program, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury said the program was launched at a time when energy storage technology was still in its infancy, “so the goal of the program was to stimulate a marketplace where Canberrans could access batteries more easily and more affordably”.

“The program has been an overwhelming success, with our local industry growing from four to over 24 battery installers operating in the ACT, and with the ACT now having one of the highest domestic battery densities not only in Australia but in the world,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“I am proud that Canberra is the climate action capital and home to a thriving and competitive renewable energy sector,” he said.

“Now that we have reached our target, the Next Gen program will no longer accept new rebate applications.

Mr Rattenbury said households could continue to access ACT Government support through EPSDD’s Sustainable Household Scheme, which provided homeowners with zero-interest loans to make sustainable upgrades to their homes.

He encouraged people to continue to shop around for energy storage solutions for their homes.

“With the number of installers now operating in the ACT, Canberrans will be able to continue to access the most competitive prices,” the Minister said.

Further information on EPSDD’s Sustainable Household Scheme can be accessed at this PS News link.

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